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Keeping you on the ball

Keeping you on the ball


Something for everyone here

From Safety Leader to eSailing basics - its all lined up for you. Keep a close eye on our Facebook Events as we continue to add more courses, talks and training.

Local Safety Leader Course
This course is for anyone interested in improving the safety levels at their club or venue. The Safety Leader assesses risk, establishes a safety plan and liaises with designated emergency services, race officials and event organisers. They co-ordinate team activities on the water. Suitably trained team members provide first-aid when necessary. 

  • Date: 18th and 19th of March
  • Time: 1400-1700hrs both days
  • Venue: Zoom
  • Link to register

Judge, Umpire and Protest Committee get together
Lock-down has not just been for competitors. Race officials have not had any occasion to practice their dark arts for many months. For judges this has meant that we have not yet had any real opportunity to apply the new rule book, or to measure the impact of some new rules developments. It also means that we have not had the pleasure of working together during this long period of Covid-imposed hermitage. The Race Officials Policy Group (ROPG) and the Irish Sailing Racing Rules Committee and Appeals Board (ISRRC) wish to invite you for an 'on-line' get-together on Tuesday 23rd March at 1830hrs.

This will be an opportunity to meet members of the newly created ISRRC, to exchange thoughts on the future of sailing, and in particular how we as judges can assist competitors and other race officials in improving rules observance. There will be a few short talks (no longer than 5 minutes) on some key subjects, but this evening is not intended as an introduction to the rule changes.

Wednesday Winter Talks – eSailing – Racing from your laptop
What are the steps to take to begin your eSailing career. How to get started, go through sailing school followed by how to improve!

Starts and Signals
A talk by Mike Butterfield (International Race Officer, International Umpire and International Judge) who is on the RYA Race management committee, given firstly at the RYA Race Management conference in 2021, with his views on simple starting and an easier way of running your racing. This is from the “If only they had told me sooner” school of race management teaching. Any recognised or aspiring race officers interested in the theories behind start lines and getting the fleet moving. Committee boat helpers will find this talk interesting aswell as many sailors. The talk will cover topics including: Simple Starting (especially timing), race management hacks and skills updates.

Local Umpire Course
This course is for anyone interested in improving their umpire skills. Both Match and Team Racing use a system of umpiring, in which penalties are imposed during the race, avoiding, for the most part, the need for conventional protests . 

  • Date: 4th and 5th of May
  • Time: 1800-2100hrs both days
  • Venue: Zoom
  • Link to register

Level 2 Regional and National Race Officer Course
This course is open to all recognised local and regional race officers who would like to progress further in their discipline or if you feel in need of a refresh and a chance to brush up on your regional and national race official knowledge and skills.

  • Date: 13th and 14th of November
  • Time: 1000-1700 both days
  • Venue: Kinsale Yacht Club
  • Link to register